Bio: Sebastian Kennerknecht is a wildlife and conservation photographer with over fourteen years of experience visually covering wildlife and environmental issues internationally, focusing in particular on wild cats. He has produced high quality editorial photographs, time-lapses, videos, and web content featured in and by BBC Wildlife, Smithsonian, The Economist, Science, and Conservation International, among others. Using highly customized SLR camera traps, along with conventional photographic techniques, he works closely with field biologists to both effectively and ethically capture photographs of some of the rarest cats on the planet while also highlighting the threats they face. Working for conservation organizations and on magazine assignments, Sebastian has photographed twenty-two of the forty species of wild felids, in twenty-nine different countries.
Sebastian graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolution from the University of California – Santa Cruz, won NANPA’s emerging photographer award, and is an associate fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Philosophy: My photography is my best tool for doing what I cared about most, conserving and protecting wildlife in peril (I do this through normal photographic techniques as well as with my unique SLR camera traps). I focus on highlighting the critical need for more conservation efforts through my images. Not only do I want to show the pure awesomeness of the species, but I also like to show the threats they face while portraying the people who are fighting to stop these same problems. I am a strong believer of partnerships and I treasure all of the amazing people and conservation groups I have had the pleasure to work with. I truly feel, that by working together, we can make the necessary differences for the wild animals we love so much.
In terms of what I am willing to do to get the picture, its easy, the welfare of the animal comes first, everything else is secondary.